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The Romans have been denounced for their reverie in ‘vice’ but their hedonistic approach to love and sexuality should be celebrated salajean/Shutterstock

Romosexuality – embracing queer sex and love in Ancient times

Grecian love is often idealised as an respectable model for queer love. However, there's more pleasure and reality to be found in ancient Rome's dirtier version
Heintz Joseph the Elder, The Rape of Persephone, circa 1595. Wikimedia Commons

Explainer: the story of Demeter and Persephone

Like many Greek myths, the story of Persephone's descent into the realm of Hades, and her emergence from it, has resonances in contemporary arts, most especially the notion of death and rebirth.
The stage is set and the cast members are in their places for impeachment hearings. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Relax, Devin Nunes – theater is essential to politics

Since its beginnings, theater has been where the public can see what was happening, a venue for transparency and a point of view on real-life scenarios. It defines the American political landscape.
Today’s view of education is largely underpinned by the philosophy of pragmatism. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

What’s the point of education? It’s no longer just about getting a job

The Ancient Greeks modelled a form of education that, in variants, has endured for centuries. But with climate change and globalisation, the world has changed, and the role of education with it.
One important reason for the Spartans’ obsession with fighting was the constant possibility they would need these skills in war and also at home, in Sparta itself. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: who were the Spartans?

From about age seven, Spartan children learned to fight and practise obeying orders. They also staged pretend battles. Boys and girls were trained separately.
The Parthenon is visible for miles around from the Acropolis (citadel) on which it stands. Shutterstock

Blowing up the Parthenon: the power of a symbol

The Parthenon has been seen as central to the history of Western civilisation. But the building has a troubled past that is somewhat at odds with our ideas of democratic values.

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